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WHAT IS DELTA 8 THC, AND WHAT ARE ITS EFFECTS?

Updated: May 20, 2021

There are more than 100 cannabinoids naturally occurring in the Cannabis plant. The two major and most studied ones are Delta 9 THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). While we have some foundational knowledge about them, we know much lesser about the minor cannabinoids like CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol), Delta 8 THC (Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol), and others.

WHAT IS 8 THC

Delta 8 THC (Or simply Delta 8) is a chemical compound found in small concentrations in the Cannabis plant. National Cancer Institute defines it as an analog of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. For achieving more significant quantities of Delta 8, commercial growers use selective breeding and molecular isolation.


DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES WITH DELTA 9

These two cannabinoids share similar properties, such as soothing pain, stimulating appetite, or reducing nausea. Still, Delta 8 has about half of the psychotropic potency of Delta 9.

From the chemical perspective, both Delta 8 and Delta 9 have the same formula. The difference is the location of the double chemical bond in the structure. Delta 9 has that bond in the 9th carbon chain, and Delta 8 has it in the 8th carbon chain. This difference increases the chemical stability of Delta 8 THC, allowing the compound to resist oxidation and prolonging its shelf life. It also has noticeable effects on how the body's endocannabinoid receptors bind and respond to the molecule.


Delta 8 THC, like Delta 9 THC, binds to the CB1 receptors located mainly in the central nervous system and is responsible for managing coordination, mood, appetite, memory, etc. However, the affinity for the receptors is different due to the slightly different chemical structure. Scientists believe that this differential binding might be responsible for reportedly clearer high with greater concentration and reduced anxiety.


HOW DELTA 8 FEELS LIKE?

If your question is whether Delta 8 THC gets you high, the short answer is "Yes." The effects, however, as mentioned above, are different from Delta 9 THC. Reportedly, Delta 8 gives you a "clear-headed high" while keeping you focused and able to work and concentrate. You still feel the desired calming effects but without anxiety or paranoia, which Delta 9 might bring.


WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF DELTA 8 THC?

We don't know about Delta 8 anywhere near as much as we know about Delta 9 or CBD. There are a series of preclinical and clinical researches that reveal some of the unique characteristics and therapeutic potential of delta 8 THC. However, it is essential to understand that a big part of the current knowledge we possess is based on animal studies. Most of Delta 8 THC's benefic effects on humans are anecdotally reported and not yet scientifically proved.


It relieves symptoms of Anxiety

According to the US National Library of Medicine, Delta 8 THC displays anxiety-reducing qualities. While there's not enough clinical research on Delta 8 THC's anti-anxiety potential, consumers report a sense of calm and focused high, without anxiety symptoms. The best Delta 8 products for Anxiety are Tinctures. They can help you maintain mental calm and body relaxation and get through your stressful day.


It alleviates Pain and Inflammation.

Applied topically, Delta 8 helps diminishing Pain and Inflammation through its effects on CB1 receptors. When applied locally, the cannabinoid acts directly on the affected area, rather than ingesting it and allowing travel throughout the body.


Appetite Stimulant

Delta 8 may also help stimulate the appetite. A low dose of Delta 8 taken for a period of time (ideally at least one month) will increase your food intake. Users report that Delta 8 THC increases their hunger more than Delta 9 THC - a reputed appetite stimulant. Delta 8 Edibles are of great help here as they are discreet, tasty, and portable. You can carry them with you almost everywhere and take them whenever needed.


Anti-Nauseant Effects

A report from a 1995 Study published in "Life Sciences" revealed the nausea fighting potential of Delta 8. The study showed that cancer patients, when ingested the cannabinoid, had no vomiting occurring before and for 24 hours after cancer treatment. The study also reported very few side effects.


Side Effects

Every organism is different, and the effects of the cannabinoid might be different from case to case. Before you decide to take it, it is good to know that Delta 8 THC might cause increased heart rate, dizziness, dry mouth, muscle tension, or tremor. We highly recommend consulting a physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, have or suspect a medical condition, or are taking any medications.


Is Delta 8 THC legal?

This is a complex question, and there's no clear answer to it.

The 2018 Farm Bill states that all derivatives of hemp (cannabinoids, analogs, etc.) are entirely legal in the United States as long as they do not contain more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. That means Delta 8 THC is no longer a controlled substance federally. It can be legally produced and sold, subject to a complex set of federal regulations. Nonetheless, in Fall 2020, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) published an "Interim Final Rule," which stated that all synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain schedule 1 controlled substances. So Delta-8-THC is legal if it's derived from hemp. But the process most commonly used to produce it is synthetically altering CBD into Delta 8 THC, which makes it remain a controlled substance. Until this uncertainty is addressed, there is still some risk regarding the legality of Delta 8.


CONCLUSION

With all the PROS and CONS regarding this cannabinoid, it undoubtedly gets more and more attention from researchers and consumers. We're far from totally understand the whole spectrum of Delta 8 THC effects, including benefits and potential long-run risks. If you want to get into it, you have to be aware of both. And when you are ready to dive into Delta 8 THC and see why it is becoming one of the most sought-after wellness products on the market now, get started at Asher Hemp.

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